Hong Kong is known as a shoppers’ paradise. While the city boasts no shortage of huge shopping malls, some of the best buys are actually found along the city’s numerous famed shopping streets. Many of these streets have become synonymous with particular types of products, be they cheap electronics or jade accessories. Brimming with incredible bargains and unique finds, these street-level bazaars are the perfect spots for those who want to experience the city’s vibrant local culture while enjoying some retail therapy.
The go-to spot for all your electronic needs, Sham Shui Po’sis packed with vendors that sell a plethora of new and used devices, ranging from audio-visual equipment to the latest game consoles, vintage typewriters and parts for old kitchen appliances. The condition of items may vary from stall to stall, but dedicated treasure hunters are more than likely to uncover some hidden gems.
Officially known as, Cat Street is the place to visit if you’re looking to add a touch of Hong Kong to your home. A true treasure trove, the street is lined with stalls selling all types of quirky and wonderful curios, such as Chinese antiques, jade pendants, mahjong tiles and even figurines of Chairman Mao. It’s almost impossible to walk away empty-handed.
Take a stroll around Des Voeux Road West and you’ll spot — and smell — various types of dried seafood laid out in buckets and jars or hanging by storefronts. These exotic morsels are often used in Chinese cooking and are prized for their deep flavours as well as their host of purported health benefits. While you’re in the area, venture to nearby Wing Lok Street, where you’ll find traditional Chinese tonics, such as ginseng and bird’s nest.
Traditional Chinese medicine still plays an important role in the health of the Hong Kong population. If you want to learn more about this ancient form of healthcare, head toin Sheung Wan, where you’ll find wholesalers and dispensaries offering all sorts of exotic remedies, from roots and herbs to dried seafood.
At this colourful outdoor market in Prince Edward, you’ll find wholesalers and retail shops that sell everything from potted houseplants to fertilisers and gardening tools to suit your horticultural needs. With its colourful blooms and perfumed atmosphere, this market is a must-visit, even if you’re not able to bring a plant back home with you.
This beloved market in Mong Kok specialises in a truly unique ware: goldfish. Aside from being ideal pets for the cramped confines of Hong Kong apartments, goldfish are regarded as bringers of prosperity according to feng shui practitioners. Stores along the street offer many varieties of fish, from common goldfish to more exotic tropical species. You’ll also find water tanks and plants and accessories to spruce them up, as well as a handful of stores that sell reptiles, hamsters and other apartment-friendly creatures.
Even if you don’t plan on adopting an aquatic pet, the market is still a spectacular sight to behold, especially since the fishes are proudly displayed in tanks or in take-home baggies that make for a colourful aquarium.
Thought to be a symbol of purity and fortune, jade makes for a great souvenir for yourself or a loved one. At the Jade Market and nearby Jade Street, you’ll find plenty of stalls selling jewellery, accessories, amulets and statues all crafted from the prized green stone. Look for pieces that are translucent with no discolouration and remember to haggle.
Looking to become the next master chef? Then head over to, where you’ll find pots, pans and other kitchen utensils and gadgets to help you whip up your next meal. Known for its high-quality yet affordable wares, this street is especially popular with the city’s top chefs.
This stretch of(Fa Yuen Street) is the place to be for sneaker freaks. The street is lined with footwear and sports shops, where you’ll score some of the best deals in town on kicks from brands such as Nike, Adidas, Reebok, New Balance and many others.
Whether you’re searching for a present for a little one or looking to relive some childhood memories, you’re bound to find something at. A reminder of Hong Kong’s past as one of the leading toy manufacturers in the world, this crowded street is flanked by stores selling everything from plush dolls and model cars to board games and party favours.
You’ll find great deals on collectable action figures and rare vintage toys.